O.K. Foods announced that it will add or return 182 jobs to its facilities in Fort Smith, Ark., and Heavener, Okla. The company announced the jobs are part of a $7 million renovation effort to improve processing facilities in Fort Smith and Heavener.

“The new team members will be hired over the next eight weeks and will principally work in chicken deboning and further processing roles. First priority will be given to placing previously furloughed employees into the new positions,” the company noted in a statement.

Donna Miller, corporate secretary with O.K. Foods, said the starting wage is $8.60 an hour, and that over time and with promotions, the pay may increase to $12.50 an hour. She said the hiring should be complete within the next 8 weeks, and should “dovetail” with plant improvements expected to be finished by early June.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to offer a place on our team to a significant number of new folks,” Ken Primm, COO of O.K. Foods, said in the statement. “I appreciate the good work our people have done — our need for more people is a direct result of their efforts in creating the Quality-Guarded products for which we are known.

Source: Foodmarket.com